Today, Wednesday, Sept. 11, is the eighteenth anniversary of 9/11, the morning terrorists hijacked four American airplanes resulting in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people. Villanova University lost fifteen alumni that day.
They are commemorated in a stained glass window in Corr Hall Chapel, installed November 2006, which was designed by the late Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, OSA, ’73, who was an artist, professor, and Director of the University Art Gallery, and created by Vetrate Artistiche Toscane, a stained glass studio in Siena, Italy.
On the left of the window is a panel depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary in prayer. The right panel shows the twin towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and fields, the sites where the four planes crashed. At the bottom of this panel is list of the fifteen Villanovans who perished that day, fourteen in the World Trade Center and a flight attendant on United Airlines flight 175.
Falvey Memorial Library has added a display at the Access Services to mark the tragic anniversary. It incorporates an image of Father Cannuli’s stained glass window and a list naming the Villanovans killed on 9/11. They are juxtaposed against flag designs and vases containing red and white roses.
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